Kakishibu and Thickened Natural Dyes, With Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Fiber Arts

Kakishibu and Thickened Natural Dyes, With Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Join a world-renowned textile artist/teacher to explore the direct application of natural dyes and indigo on paper and fabric.

Meeting Times
  1. 08/19/2023 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  2. 08/20/2023 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

8/19/2023 - 8/20/2023


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Class, All Levels

Fiber Arts Studio

Surface Design


Under the guidance of artist and teacher Ana Lisa Hedstrom, you will explore the creative uses of kakishibu persimmon tannin as well as direct application of thickened natural dyes and indigo, on paper and fabric substrates.

Kakishibu persimmon tannin has a long history in Japan, Korea, and China. It is a liquid made from fermented green persimmons, which can be applied to fabric, paper, or wood to create a rusty brown coating that is waterproof, an insect repellent, and, of course, beautifully decorative. The application by brush or dipping requires no chemicals or heat. Instead, the color develops in UV light. A solution of iron oxide can modify the color to shades of gray and black.


  • Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
  • Bring a sack lunch. BARN has a refrigerator and microwave for your use on the lower level.
  • Dress for a mess - wear clothing that can get stained and/or wear an apron and bring gloves.
  • Bring an N-95 mask.
  • A materials fee of $35, included in the cost of the class, covers all dyes and a limited amount of fabric, along with paper and other materials needed. We will use all-natural fibers. See "Materials" below for what students can bring to class.


Students will work on Japanese washi paper to make decorative papers suitable for book arts or collage. We will sample cotton, linen, and silk and create silk scarves.

There will be an indigo vat, and you also will learn to thicken dye extracts, which can be applied to fabric or paper by stamping or brushing.


Students may bring silk, cotton, linen, wool, etc., from their own stash for samples and scarves.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Ana Lisa Hedstrom is known for her signature textiles based on contemporary adaptations of shibori. Her textiles are represented in the collections of major museums including the Cooper Hewitt, the Museum of Art and Design, and the de Young Museum. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She has taught and lectured at numerous international shibori conferences and schools. Her awards include two NEA grants, and she is a fellow of the American Craft Council.

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